In as egalitarian a country as Sweden – where 'allemansratten' (the right to roam) is sacrosanct, you might think that luxury was a dirty word, but luxury Sweden holidays are a wonderful way to explore this special destination. To clarify, there are some lovely hotels here, but the luxury in question is more the luxury of access to some of the most amazing and original experiences in all of Europe, rather than gold taps and thread counts. Visit Swedish Lapland in winter and we can arrange for you to hunt the Northern Lights while staying in private and wonderfully snug log cabins in snow-clad forests,
while by day you mush your own teams of huskies; stay in Stockholm and we can arrange privately guided kayaking trips around the beautiful archipelago in summer and dinner reservations in the latest hit restaurants; switch coastlines and visit beautiful Bohuslan and we can get you on a seafood safari where you help the crew gather in their nets or pots and you can then enjoy a sumptuous seafood (be that mussels, lobster or crayfish) feast, either cooked on board or on a deserted beach. The experience of eating the freshest imaginable produce surrounded by bewitchingly beautiful landscapes is luxury of a different and (we hope you’ll agree) altogether higher order.
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Sweden is categorically cool. A trailblazer when it comes to fashion, lifestyle and music, it’s surprising that we don’t hear more from Europe’s fifth biggest country. While it’s most likely because of Jantelagen (Scandinavia’s unwritten rule of ‘no one being better than anyone else’), we’re more than happy to boast about our Sweden luxury holidays on their behalf. If traditional Falu Rödfärg (Falun Red) coloured cottages flanked by swathes of emerald-green forests spring to mind, or colourful cities that blend together past and present beautifully, you’re already there. Hunker down in Sweden’s storybook capital where royal palaces and elegant side streets weave over azure archipelagos, and morning fika coffee breaks always come with a generous helping of buttery Skagen toast topped with creamy shrimp. Or you could gorge on Gothenburg – Stockholm’s chilled-out younger sister – where fresh herring forms part of your five-a-day and grand neoclassical buildings shelter streets dotted with quietly cool bars and contemporary art exhibits.
If Sweden luxury holidays concoct visions of remote arctic tundra flaked with inviting igloos, a night or two in an opulent ice hotel will fulfil your frosty fantasy. Enjoy Michelin-star meals and a complimentary bottle of champagne on arrival and wake up (in a thermal sleeping bag and plenty of layers of course) to the sweet smell of hot lingonberry juice in the morning. Lose yourself in the remote and rugged Dalarna landscape, where wolves run wild and bashful brown bears play hide and seek with lone cross-country skiers, on an exhilarating snow mobile or dog sledding safari. Or watch on from the comfort of your charming and bucolic guesthouse, high up in the region’s rolling hills overlooking the serene Lake Siljan.
The thing about Sweden luxury holidays is that they really demand you slow down and take stock. From tree saunas and snow baths to dinners under the green hue of the Northern Lights, Sweden offers a smorgasbord of unforgettable activities. Speaking of smorgasbords, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else that puts a spread on quite like the Swedes. Sink your teeth into dizzying assortments of rye bread, cured meats, pickled fish and more, and question why the nation practices the philosophy of Lagom (“in moderation”).